12 cars that look like animals

Inspiration comes in many forms. Unfortunately for car designers, the public imagination may land on an association with no artistic contemplation whatsoever. So much for hours of poring over elegant, dolphin-inspired curves on clay models; when it hits the public eye: it looks like a ninja turtle! Guess which association sticks.  

Here’s a list of 11 cars and the animals—aquatic, reptilian, and other—that we first thought of when we saw them. From the posh to the preposterous, check out these cars’ lookalikes that (most) of their PR teams never intended. 

2014 Ferrari Sergio

2014 Ferrari Sergio
Gooding & Company
2014 Ferrari Sergio

Far be it from us to compare this rare Ferrari to just any shark. This Sergio sports a grill reminiscent of the whale shark’s sleek snout, framed by tiny squinted eyes that reinforce its resemblance to the school-bus-sized ocean cruiser.

1947 Delahaye 135MS 

1947 Delahaye 135MS Narval Cabriolet
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1947 Delahaye 135MS Narval Cabriolet

This outspoken design is one of seven Delahaye Narvals, and so, originally, drew inspiration from a narwhal or beluga whale—but those perfectly round headlights and protruding snout couldn’t help but remind us of a blobfish. 

2020 Toyota Supra

Toyota Supra
Toyota
Toyota Supra

We’d love to say that newest Supra is a familiar face. And it is—if you’ve recently been eating Froot Loops. Say hello to Toucan Sam’s automotive double. 

2009 Nissan cube 

Nissan Cube
Nissan
Nissan Cube

You can’t accuse us of going off into the gravel on this one: Nissan acknowledges that the cube’s front fascia evokes an “incognito canine.” Translation—it looks like a bulldog in sunglasses. 

Porsche 911 964 

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 964
RM Sotheby's
1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 964

No one’s accusing the 911 964 of harboring amphibious aspirations—but at even on its happiest days at the driest of tracks, this g-bodied 911 kinda looks like a frog. Ribbit

1979 Saab 900 Turbo

1979 Saab 900
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1979 Saab 900

Sadly, the chance has passed to nab this blue-on-blue 1979 Saab 900 Turbo (with some seriously cool wheels) from Bring a Trailer. As you gaze and (perhaps) wistfully sigh, try your best not to think of a duck. 

1993 Ferrari Conciso

1993 Ferrari Conciso
RM Sotheby's
1993 Ferrari Conciso

We think we’ve found Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Raph’s automotive counterpart. Wide-set headlights and two-toned fenders mimic this character’s red-bandanna-clad visage.

1963 Daimler SP 250 

1963 Daimler SP 250
RM Sotheby's
1963 Daimler SP 250

It has fins, whiskers, and even a marine shade of green. Other worthy contenders for the catfish epithet included Aston Martins and the 2002 Camaro, but the title truly belongs to this 1963 Daimler SP 250. 

1999 Plymouth Prowler 

1999 Prowler
Don Rutt
1999 Prowler

Love it, hate it, don’t think lobster. The bizarre-for-1999 front fascia and exposed struts didn’t exactly speak the same design language as 1999 safety standards—hence the bumpers on stalks with embedded bulbs. Probably weren’t technically meant as antennae… but hey, you can’t unsee it. 

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser surf board
FCA
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Whether you dig it or wish you could dig a hole for each and every one, you probably don’t set your calendar by the PT Cruiser. How about its groundhog look-alike? 

1958 Packard Hawk 

1958 Packard Hawk
RM Sotheby's
1958 Packard Hawk

The round headlights and slightly beaked nose might make this Packard Hawk slightly akin to a tortoise, but the resemblance is purely aesthetic. The supercharged V-8 takes this from herbivore to predator. 

1959 Dodge Custom Royal

1959 Dodge Custom Royal
RM Sotheby's
1959 Dodge Custom Royal

When was the last time you saw a car with chrome eyebrows? The taut lines of this Dodge Custom Royal, plus its fins and that menacing expression, make this car look like an angry wasp—though this semi-hemi won’t be going airborne any time soon.